Austal Receives Advance Order for T-EPF 13

October 18, 2018 – Austal today announced Austal USA has been awarded a US$57,854,366 million order to fund the procurement of long lead-time materials for the construction of a 103-meter Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF). This will be the thirteenth vessel ordered by the US Navy from Austal. Long lead-time materials for the additional vessel will include diesel engines, water jets and reduction gears. Austal was awarded the initial contract to design and build the first 103-meter EPF in November 2008. The EPF is a high speed, shallow draft catamaran, designed…

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US Marines land in Iceland in initial phase of exercise Trident Juncture

October 17, 2018 – Around 90 US Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Keflavík on Wednesday (17 October 2018), marking the initial phase of NATO’s Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 in Iceland. The main phase of Trident Juncture will start in Norway on October 25. Arriving by MV-22 Osprey and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters from the USS Iwo Jima, the Marines practised securing the airfield and key infrastructure, in cooperation with the Icelandic Police. The US Navy has also deployed two cutting-edge P-8A Poseidon aircraft to Keflavík from…

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CACI Awarded Prime Position on $174M on Multiple-Award Technical Services Support Contract for Deputy CNO

October 18, 2018 – CACI International Inc announced today that it was awarded a prime position on the multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Technical Services Support contract for Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPT&E). The company will provide data management, business intelligence and analytics, and business process reengineering services to the MPT&E organization, in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (DCNO). The six-year contract, with a ceiling value of $174 million, represents both new and continuing work for CACI in its Business Systems market. CACI’s support for MPT&E…

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PAR Technology Corporation Subsidiary Announces New $9.2 Million U.S. Navy Contract Award in Bahrain

October 16, 2018 – PAR Technology Corporation today announced that its subsidiary, Rome Research Corporation (RRC), has been awarded a prime contract to perform the operation, maintenance, upgrade and management of IT infrastructure for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central (COMUSNAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain. RRC will provide critical technical support for information systems to include system and network administration, cybersecurity, collaborative environments, web content development, and video teleconferencing support. Responsibilities include cybersecurity and information assurance compliance support for the Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIXS) and Joint Worldwide…

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USNS Comfort Departs for Medical Assistance Mission in South and Central America

October 15, 2018 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Oct. 10, on an 11-week medical assistance mission to South and Central America where personnel will work closely with host-nation health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras. The purpose of the deployment is to help relieve pressure on host nation medical systems partly due to an increase in migrants crossing their borders and provide care to the appropriate communities. “This mission marks the sixth time the hospital ship will provide…

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US, JSDF & RCN Kick off Exercise Keen Sword

October 13, 2018 – Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 29, 2018. The biennial exercise is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF. Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships (HMCS Calgary and MV Asterix) will participate in the maritime portion of the exercise for the first time. This year’s iteration will feature the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF) Amphibious Rapid…

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Lockheed Martin to Launch AEHF Satellite October 17th at 12:15 AM ET

Now a critical element of U.S. national security, military satellite communications delivers vital connectivity to armed forces around the globe, making warfighters safer and more effective. The Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system provides vastly improved global, survivable, protected communications capabilities for strategic command and tactical warfighters operating on ground, sea and air platforms. The jam-resistant system also serves international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. AEHF is a case study in cost-reduction. Through a continuing focus on affordability via fixed pricing, streamlined engineering teams, improved manufacturing…

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U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines

October 9, 2018 – The United States Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted amphibious operations training during exercise KAMANDAG 2 at Naval Station Leovigildo Gantioqui, Oct. 6. U.S. and Philippine Marines aboard U.S. assault amphibious vehicles (AAVs) launched from the U.S. Navy’s USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Philippine Navy’s BRP Davao del Sur (LD 602) as part of a counterterrorism and humanitarian response based exercise. The ship-to-shore movement brought the U.S., Philippine and Japanese militaries together to advance amphibious capabilities. “This is…

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F-35Bs Join Forces with British Aircraft Carrier to Make History

October 2, 2018 – This week the first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of ‘Carrier Strike’ operations. Royal Navy Cmdr. Nathan Gray and Royal Air Force Sq. Ldr. Andy Edgell, both test pilots at the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., were the first pilots to land the stealth F-35 Lightning fighter jets on board the carrier, demonstrating the formidable force HMS Queen Elizabeth and…

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SG Blocks Further Expands Partnership with U.S. Navy

September 17, 2018 – G Blocks, Inc., a leading designer, fabricator and innovator of container-based structures, expands its partnership with the U.S. Navy and receives a new purchase order to design and construct container-based modular offices representing an estimated revenue opportunity of $500,000 in 2018. The modules will be prefabricated offsite and delivered to the Georgia location by the end of 2018. “This project continues our well-established collaboration with the U.S. Navy,” stated Paul Galvin, Chairman and CEO of SG Blocks. “Our method of construction is quick, sustainable and cost-effective,…

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Coast Guard, Navy participate in ribbon cutting ceremony for new pier and facilities in Port Angeles

September 14, 2018 – The entrance to the Transit Protection System pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 14, 2018. The 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle is located on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles and can berth up to seven boats. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

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US Navy Contract Announcements September 13, 2018

General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Connecticut, is awarded a $480,601,156 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-2117 in preparation for fiscal 2019 and 2020 lead ship advance procurement/advance construction, and long lead time material funding in support of the Columbia class fleet ballistic missile submarines. Work will be performed in Quonset, Rhode Island (55 percent); Newport News, Virginia (40 percent); and Groton, Connecticut (5 percent), and will be subsumed into the lead ship construction contract in October 2020. The award is being combined with a previously scheduled United Kingdom…

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Boeing to update USN & RAAF P-8A Poseidon training system

September 13, 2018 – Boeing has won a contract award from the U.S. Navy to update the courseware and software for the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon training system. Under the four-year, $194 million agreement, Boeing will upgrade devices at three locations for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force to reflect the latest configuration of the Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. “With increasing demand for realistic training that is concurrent and affordable, the P-8A training system gives pilots, air crews and maintainers the most immersive environment at a fraction of…

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Hawaii-based ships sortie ahead of Tropical Storm Olivia

September 10, 2018 – Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii/ Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, announced that U.S. Navy ships and submarines based in Hawaii not currently undergoing maintenance availabilities have sortied as Tropical Storm Olivia travels toward the Hawaiian Islands. Ships that sortied will be positioned to help respond after the storm, if needed. “Sortie of our Pearl Harbor-based ships allows them the most protection from the approaching storm,” said Fort. “An early sortie allows them enough time to transit safely out of the path of the…

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SG Blocks Selected to Design and Construct New Container-Based Office Facilities for the U.S. Navy

September 6, 2018 – G Blocks, Inc., a leading designer, fabricator and innovator of container-based structures, has been selected to design and construct new container-based office facilities for the U.S. Navy, representing an estimated revenue opportunity of $2.2 million in 2018. The office modules, will be prefabricated and delivered by the end of the year and the Navy will utilize the facilities at various locations in Portsmouth, Virginia both ashore and afloat. “SG Blocks has a longstanding relationship with the U.S. Navy and we are delighted to extend our design…

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